Brendan Rodgers has said that he believes Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o should have been sent off in the opening few minutes of the game at Stamford Bridge for his challenge on Jordan Henderson.
Long before his clattering foul on Luis Suarez, which should have yielded a penalty for the Reds, Eto’o was guilty of a nasty and high challenge on Henderson, which resulted in the free kick which Liverpool opened the scoring from.
Despite suffering the punishment of conceding a goal from the set piece, Rodgers believes that the Cameroon international should have been sent off for the foul on Henderson – which didn’t even warrant a booking in the eyes of lenient referee Howard Webb.
“He should’ve been sent off,” said Rodgers.
“I know we scored from it, but that was a wild challenge, where he’s raked down his knee and down his shin and didn’t even get a yellow card.”
“Luis will always provoke a challenge from defenders, that’s why he’s world class.” Rodgers said of the Eto’o foul on Suarez later on, which should have resulted in a penalty.
“What he probably doesn’t expect is to provoke a challenge from someone who’s not involved in the contact.
“He’s running to challenge Azpilicueta and Eto’o is street wise, he’s cute, he blocks him. On another day you could give that as a penalty, because it’s obstruction in the area.
Jose Mourinho has subsequently accused Suarez of diving, which has come as no surprise to Rodgers.
“Of course, he will defend his player and I will defend mine.”